2011 NCAA Division I FCS football season

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2011 NCAA Division I FCS season
Duration September – November
Playoff
Duration November 26, 2011 – January 7, 2012
Championship site Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, TX
Champion North Dakota State
Payton Award Bo Levi Mitchell, Eastern Washington
Buchanan Award Matt Evans, New Hampshire
Division I FCS football season

The 2011 NCAA Division I FCS football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision level, began on September 1, 2011 and concluded with the National Championship Game of the NCAA Division I Football Championship on January 7, 2012 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. North Dakota State University won their first FCS championship, defeating Sam Houston State by a final score of 17–6.

New FCS program[edit]

  • The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), which played its first football season in school history, was technically a new FCS program. However, UTSA announced before the 2011 season that it was transitioning to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The Roadrunners played one season as an FCS independent, and under NCAA rules for transitioning programs were ineligible for the FCS playoffs. They will then join the Western Athletic Conference in 2012, but will be ineligible for FBS bowl games. UTSA will become a full FBS member upon completion of the transition in 2013. The Roadrunners, coached by former Miami head coach Larry Coker, play at the Alamodome in downtown San Antonio.

Teams transitioning to FBS[edit]

In addition to UTSA, three other schools began transitions to the FBS. They are subject to the same restrictions as UTSA regarding postseason eligibility until 2013.

FCS team wins over FBS teams[edit]

Conference standings[edit]

2011 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#7 Montana State §^   7 1         10 3  
#5 Montana   5 1         6 3  
Portland State   5 3         7 4  
Eastern Washington   5 3         6 5  
Weber State   5 3         5 6  
Northern Arizona   3 5         4 7  
Sacramento State   3 5         4 7  
Idaho State   1 7         2 9  
Northern Colorado   0 8         0 11  
§ – Conference co-champions
^ – FCS playoff participant
  • Montana vacated five wins and playoff participation; Idaho State ineligible for FCS playoffs due to APR violations
    Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2011 Big South football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#18 Stony Brook ^   6 0         9 4  
#25 Liberty   5 1         7 4  
Coastal Carolina   3 3         7 4  
Presbyterian   3 3         4 7  
Gardner–Webb   2 4         4 7  
VMI   2 4         2 9  
Charleston Southern   0 6         0 11  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
As of January 12, 2012; Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2011 CAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#9 Towson ^   7 1         9 3  
#10 Old Dominion ^   6 2         10 3  
#8 Maine ^   6 2         9 4  
#11 New Hampshire ^   6 2         8 4  
#17 Delaware   5 3         7 4  
#15 James Madison ^   5 3         8 5  
William & Mary   3 5         5 6  
Rhode Island   2 6         3 8  
Villanova   1 7         2 9  
Richmond   0 8         3 8  
Massachusetts   0 0         5 6  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
  • UMass' conference record is listed as 0-0 because they were in the process of transitioning to FBS
    As of January 9, 2012; Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2011 NCAA Division I FCS independents football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
South Alabama           6 4  
Texas State           6 6  
UTSA           4 6  
Georgia State           3 8  
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2011 Great West football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#23 North Dakota §   3 1         8 3  
Cal Poly §   3 1         6 5  
South Dakota   2 2         6 5  
Southern Utah   1 3         6 5  
UC Davis   1 3         4 7  
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2011 Ivy League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#16 Harvard   7 0         9 1  
Brown   4 3         7 3  
Dartmouth   4 3         5 5  
Penn   4 3         5 5  
Yale   4 3         5 5  
Cornell   3 4         5 5  
Columbia   1 6         1 9  
Princeton   1 6         1 9  
† – Conference champion
2011 MEAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#19 Norfolk State ^   7 1         9 3  
Bethune-Cookman   6 2         8 3  
South Carolina State   6 2         7 4  
Florida A&M   5 3         7 4  
Hampton   5 3         7 4  
Howard   4 4         5 6  
Morgan State   4 4         5 6  
North Carolina A&T   4 4         5 6  
Delaware State   1 7         3 8  
North Carolina Central   1 7         2 9  
Savannah State   1 7         1 10  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2011 MVFC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#4 North Dakota State §^   7 1         14 1  
#2 Northern Iowa §^   7 1         10 3  
#18 Illinois State   5 3         7 4  
Indiana State   4 4         6 5  
South Dakota State   4 4         5 6  
Youngstown State   4 4         6 5  
Southern Illinois   2 6         4 7  
Missouri State   2 6         2 9  
Western Illinois   1 7         2 9  
§ – Conference co-champions
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2011 NEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Duquesne §   7 1         9 2  
Albany §^   7 1         8 4  
Bryant   5 3         7 4  
Monmouth   4 4         5 6  
Wagner   4 4         4 7  
Sacred Heart   3 5         5 6  
Central Connecticut   3 5         4 7  
Robert Morris   2 6         2 9  
Saint Francis (PA)   1 7         2 9  
§ – Conference co-champions
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2011 OVC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#21 Tennessee Tech §^   6 2         7 4  
Eastern Kentucky §^   6 2         7 5  
Jacksonville State §   6 2         7 4  
Murray State   5 3         7 4  
Tennessee State   4 4         5 6  
UT Martin   4 4         5 6  
Austin Peay   2 6         3 8  
Southeast Missouri State   2 6         3 8  
Eastern Illinois   1 7         2 9  
§ – Conference co-champions
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2011 Patriot League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#6 Lehigh ^   6 0         11 2  
Georgetown   4 2         8 3  
Holy Cross   4 2         6 5  
Bucknell   3 3         6 5  
Colgate   2 4         5 6  
Lafayette   2 4         4 7  
Fordham   0 6         1 10  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
  • Fordham was ineligible for conference title because they offer football scholorships while other Patriot League members do not
    Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2011 Pioneer Football League standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
San Diego §   7 1         9 2  
Drake §   7 1         9 2  
Jacksonville   6 2         7 4  
Campbell   5 3         6 5  
Dayton   4 4         6 5  
Marist   3 5         4 7  
Butler   3 5         5 6  
Davidson   2 6         4 7  
Morehead State   2 6         3 8  
Valparaiso   1 7         1 10  
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2011 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#3 Georgia Southern ^   7 1         11 3  
#12 Wofford ^   6 2         8 4  
#9 Appalachian State ^   6 2         8 4  
Furman   5 3         6 5  
Samford   4 4         6 5  
Chattanooga   3 5         5 6  
Elon   3 5         5 6  
The Citadel   2 6         4 7  
Western Carolina   0 8         1 10  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2011 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 Sam Houston State ^   7 0         14 1  
#15 Central Arkansas ^   6 1         9 4  
Stephen F. Austin   5 2         6 5  
McNeese State   4 3         6 5  
Northwestern State   3 4         5 6  
Lamar   2 5         4 7  
Southeastern Louisiana   1 6         3 8  
Nicholls State   0 7         1 10  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll
2011 SWAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Alabama A&M xy   7 2         8 4  
Alabama State x   7 2         8 3  
#21 Jackson State x   7 2         9 2  
Alcorn State   1 8         2 8  
Mississippi Valley State   1 8         1 10  
West
Grambling State xy   6 3         8 4  
Arkansas–Pine Bluff   5 4         6 5  
Prairie View A&M   5 4         5 6  
Southern   4 5         4 7  
Texas Southern   2 7         4 7  
Championship: December 10, 2011
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
  • Jackson State and Southern are ineligible to participate in the SWAC Championship Game due to low APR scores.
    Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

Playoff qualifiers[edit]

Automatic berths for conference champions[edit]

At large qualifiers[edit]

No teams from the conferences that do not have automatic bids—currently the Great West Conference and Pioneer Football League—received bids.

Abstains[edit]

Postseason[edit]

NCAA FCS Playoff bracket[edit]

  First Round
November 26
Campus Sites
    Second Round
December 3
Campus Sites
    Quarterfinals
December 9 and December 10
Campus Sites
    Semifinals
December 16 and December 17
Campus Sites
    National Championship Game

January 7
Pizza Hut Park,
Frisco, Texas

                                               
       Stony Brook 27  
   Albany 28     1  Sam Houston State* 34    
   Stony Brook* 31         1  Sam Houston State* 49  
     Montana State 13    
     New Hampshire 25    
   Montana State* 26  
    1  Sam Houston State* 31  
    4  Montana 28    
       Central Arkansas 14  
   Central Arkansas 34     4  Montana* 41    
   Tennessee Tech* 14         4  Montana* 48  
    5  Northern Iowa 10  
     Wofford 21    
  5  Northern Iowa* 28  
    1  Sam Houston State 6
    2  North Dakota State 17
       James Madison 14  
   James Madison 20     2  North Dakota State* 26    
   Eastern Kentucky* 17         2  North Dakota State* 24  
     Lehigh 0    
     Lehigh 40    
   Towson* 38  
    2  North Dakota State* 35  
    3  Georgia Southern 7  
       Old Dominion 48  
   Norfolk State 18     3  Georgia Southern* 55    
   Old Dominion* 35         3  Georgia Southern* 35  
     Maine 23  
     Maine 34    
   Appalachian State* 12  


* Host institution

SWAC Championship Game[edit]

Date Location Venue West Div. Champion East Div. Champion Result
December 10 Birmingham, Alabama Legion Field Grambling State Alabama A&M GSU 16 – AAMU 15[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UMass Announces Elevation to FBS Football and Invitation from MAC" (Press release). UMass Athletics. April 20, 2011. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ Benson, Reggie (December 10, 2011). "Bulldogs come up short again against Tigers". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved December 10, 2011.